The Homies: Best Home Cooking Blog of 2011

The Homies: Best Home Cooking Blog of 2011

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 7, 2011

Dear Readers,

After eight days of vigorous voting*, this year's winner for Best Home Cooking Blog is:

Gina's Skinny Recipes!

Blogger: Gina Homolka
Location: Oceanside, New York
Blogging Since: 2008

Please check out Gina's great blog and thank you for taking part in helping us to discover and celebrate the best in the home blogosphere. Gina's Skinny Recipes will now join our pantheon of Best Blogs, and we'll see you next year in January.

Best, Maxwell

* Please note that to counter vote stuffers, we removed any instances where we saw an extreme amount of votes from one unique IP address. We did allow for instances like universities, where there could be many people on one IP, and we did examine IP locations. We applied the exact same criteria to each blog and vote entered in the contest.

Go to all other voting posts:


The Final Vote


The Finalists


It's link love time again!

There are awards for all sorts of blogs, but no one ever pays enough attention to the shelter blogs, so we started The Homies. It's our way of surveying the blogosphere each year for the best new home design blogs and sharing what we find. It's not so much a competition as a celebration of the richness and awesomeness of shelter bloggers around the world. Join us, share your favorites and check out the ones you don't know.

There are five categories: Home Design, Home Tech, Kids @ Home, Green Home & Home Cooking. None of our blogs or past winners are eligible (see below).

The prizes? $50 to the winner of each category and lots of traffic as we publish the five winners in a big congratulatory post across our network on February 4th. We want to elevate good home blogs, see who you love and gain awareness for the home niche.


This Year's Submission List
(in order of nominations top to bottom)

  • The Picky Eater
  • Stainless Steel Thumb
  • Gina's Skinny Recipes
  • Leite's Culinaria
  • Sodium Girl
  • 101 Cookbooks
  • Tigress in a Jam
  • Haute Apple Pie
  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Joy the Baker
  • Accidental Locavore
  • Three Clever Sisters
  • food52
  • Love & Homemade Recipes
  • Once Upon A Chef
  • Seaweed Snacks
  • Simply Recipes
  • What Katie Ate
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Homesick Texan
  • My Kids Eat Squid
  • A Cook Walks Into a Bar
  • Cannelle et Vanille
  • Crass Cuisine
  • Ezra Pound Cake
  • Feasts For All Seasons
  • Food for My Family
  • Globetrotter Diaries
  • i am baker
  • No Pot Cooking
  • Orangette
  • Wasabimon!
  • Words to Eat By
  • Annie's Eats
  • Baked Bree
  • Dinner: A Love Story
  • From Scratch Club
  • Haute N the Kitchen
  • Live Learn Love Eat
  • Lottie & Doof
  • Madonna del Piatto
  • Shutterbean
  • Simple Bites
  • Smitten Kitchen
  • Southern Belle in Santa Barbara
  • Southern Fried Curry
  • Sweet Bites
  • The Avid Appetite
  • The Kosher Foodies
  • Whisk Kid
  • Amy Bakes Everything
  • chinese grandma
  • Dana Treat
  • David Lebovitz: Living the Sweet Life in Paris
  • Gluten Free Goddess
  • Good. Food. Stories.
  • goodlife {eats}
  • Gourmet Recipes for One
  • How Sweet It is
  • Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
  • Kitschy Kitten
  • La Tartine Gourmande
  • Leite's Culinaria.
  • Macheesmo
  • Meals; for Moderns
  • My Communal Table
  • My Fave Cooking Blog
  • Not Derby Pie
  • One Day Before Yesterday
  • One Hungry Mama
  • RecipeRelay
  • Southern Plate
  • Spicy Tasty
  • Stone Soup
  • Sweet Paul
  • Tartelette
  • The Basic Cookbook
  • the bitten word
  • The Year In Food
  • Unsophisticook
  • ::Frugalistic::
  • 17 and baking
  • 3 B's Baseball Baking and Books
  • 5 Second Rule
  • A Cozy Kitchen
  • A Red Table
  • A Stove with a House Around It
  • A Sweet Spoonful
  • A Time to Eat
  • Alla Madonna del Piatto Cooking Schoo
  • Apron Anxiety
  • Arugula Files
  • Ashley's Cooking Adventures
  • At the Farmers' Market
  • AZ Cookbook
  • Backseat Gourmet
  • Baking and Mistaking
  • Barefoot Kitchen Witch
  • bell'alimento
  • Big, Bold. Beautiful Food
  • Broke Foodie
  • Brokeass Gourmet
  • Budget Bytes
  • Burnt Lumpia
  • Butter Powered Bike
  • Cheesy Pennies
  • Chef in You
  • Chocolate & Zucchini
  • Chow
  • Christine's Recipes
  • Closet Cooking
  • Cooking Books
  • Cooking Rut
  • Cooking While Eating
  • Cookistry
  • Creative Country Cooking
  • Crepes of Wrath
  • cucina nicolina
  • Deep Fried Epiphany
  • Delishhh
  • delvious
  • Dinner Party
  • Dinner With Julie
  • Dinners for a Year and Beyond
  • Dixie Chik Cooks
  • Dog's breakfast
  • Eat Drink Garden
  • Eat Sunday Dinner... Or Something Like It
  • Eating Made Easy
  • Eating the Scenery
  • Edible Living
  • Eggs on Sunday
  • Everybody Likes Sandwiches
  • FatFree Vegan Kitchen
  • Food for the Thoughtless
  • Food In Jars
  • Food Junta
  • Food Loves Writing
  • Food Wishes
  • Food Your Way
  • Foodalogue
  • Foodfixe
  • Four Seasons of Food
  • Fresh and Foodie
  • From the Bookshelf
  • FunnySpoon
  • Get Off Your Butt and Bake
  • Gluten Free Appetite
  • Grain Girls
  • Gran in Training
  • Heaven in a wild fleur
  • Hide the Cheese
  • Hip Pressure Cooking,
  • Honey and Jam
  • Hungry Desi
  • Hungry Sofia
  • I Am Baker
  • i go right for the blogular
  • Impeccable Taste
  • In Pleasant Company
  • Indian Simmer
  • Just Hungry
  • Kalyn's Kitchen.
  • Kayotic Kitchen
  • Kenziepoo
  • Kiss my Spatula
  • Kitchen & 4th
  • Kitchen Desires
  • Kitschy Kitchen
  • LemonPi
  • Lick the bowl good
  • Living and Loving
  • Local Kitchen
  • Lucullian delights
  • Madd Hatter's Kitchen
  • Manjula's Kitchen
  • Martha and Me
  • Metalcakes
  • Michael Ruhlman
  • Modern Domestic
  • Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen
  • Muslim Wife Kitchen
  • My Goodness
  • My Life Runs On Food
  • Noble Pig
  • NoPotCooking

  • Nourish Network
  • NYC Nom Nom
  • Oh No I've Run Out Of...
  • Olives and Daisies
  • One Hundred Eggs
  • One Ordinary Day
  • One Small Kitchen
  • OneLifeToEat
  • Onions and Chocolate
  • Our Best Bites
  • Our Little Beehive
  • PastryPal
  • Peace Love and French Fries
  • phytofoods
  • Piece of Cake
  • Poor Man's Feast
  • PostPunk Kitchen
  • Recipes from a Normal Mum
  • Rosemarried
  • Rouxbe
  • Sassy Radish
  • Savory Sweet Life
  • Savour Fare
  • - Southern Italian Food and Life
  • Seasalt with Food
  • She Simmers
  • Skinny Fat Kid
  • Smith Bites
  • smoking whisk
  • Sparkling Ink
  • Sprouted Kitchen
  • Sunday Suppers
  • Sweet Amandine
  • syntages tis kardias
  • The Dinner Files
  • The Family Dinner
  • The Finishing School
  • The Italian Dish
  • The Italian Dish
  • The Kitchn
  • The Kosher Gastronome
  • the little kitchen that could
  • The Merry Gourmet
  • The Naptime Chef
  • The Nosh Life
  • The Slow Cook
  • The Traveler's Lunchbox
  • The Zhush
  • This Little Piglet
  • Thought for Food
  • Three Many Cooks
  • Thursday Night Smackdown
  • tiny bubbles
  • Tiny Urban Kitchen
  • Tribeca Yummy Mummy
  • Tutti Dolci
  • Two Peas and Their Pod
  • Unspeakable Visions
  • use real butter
  • Vanilla Garlic
  • Veggie Belly
  • Veggie Num Num
  • White on Rice
  • White on Rice Couple
  • Whole Grain Texan [in Yankee land]
  • Wicked Delicious
  • Ya Salam Cooking
  • Yummy Mummy

• Past Winners

Home Design
    2009 Remodelista
    2008 design*sponge

Home Tech
    2009 Ikea Hacker
    2008 tie: Engadget & Gizmodo

Kids @ Home
    2009 WHATEVER
    2008 Inhabitots

Green Home
    2009 Maya*Made
    2008 Green (Goody)

Home Cooking
    2009 Smitten Kitchen
    2008 Vegan Explosion


• All Past Homies Info

• FAQs

What's the schedule?

1. Add your favorite home blogs
    January 18-25 (until midnight EST)

2. Vote on the top nominees
    January 26-February 3 (until 6pm EST)

3. Winners announced!
    February 4

What happened to 2010?

We usually run the Homies from December into January, but due to technical work we needed to get done, we pushed this year into January, which means we lost the 2010 window. We're going to call the winners this year the 2010-11 Winners.

What happened to the fancy interface we had last year?

It will be back next year, but we had to give it a break while we rebuild the backend of our system. We're doing a lot of track work right now.

How does it work?

Nominations for the best blogs in these categories are collected all week, we then choose the top six favorites, and then you all get one powerful vote starting next week.

Who is eligible?

Any blog, amateur and professional in the homespace in the five categories listed below. Past winners and Apartment Therapy blogs are not eligible.

What is the homespace?

It's the media space dedicated to folks who love their homes, and it concerns decor, cooking, entertaining, raising kids, working at home and a whole host of green issues. We're willing to think broadly, but, remember, we're not concerned with things like cars, restaurants, the stock market and Hollywood gossip.

How many blogs can I nominate?

As many as you wish.

How many new favorite blogs can I discover?

As many as your brain can handle before bursting.

When do we vote?

After a week of nominations, we'll collect up all your input and sort them down to the top six contenders. On Wednesday, January 26th we'll post these top six for a week so that you have plenty of time to see them and vote. With one week of nominating and over one week of voting, we should have a good turnout.

Can we vote more than once?

Not in any one category, but you certainly can vote in all five categories.

Can we encourage our friends to vote (for us, even)?

Yes. Not only can't we stop it, we know that the web is a community and word of mouth is how it works.

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